I agree with the above answer. Zyprexa is meant to be used as an antipsychotic; mainly for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with severe manic episodes. I wouldn't take it for insomnia. There are a lot of sedatives your doctor can prescribe you: Restoril, Rozerem, Vistaril, Lunesta... these are pretty popular at the hospital where I work. Maybe you could ask your doctor about one of these. Hope this helps.
I guess it depends on what is causing your insomnia. I wouldn't choose a drug like Zyprexa, an antipsyhchotic, for insomnia. But some people with serioius mental illnesses that prevent sleep might only benefit from a drug like Zyprexa. I have a friend who obviously has some kind of nervous condition and her brain just won't shut down to go to sleep no matter what. She's on Seroquel, Trazadone, Ambien, an over the counter sleep aid, Geodon, and still had trouble sleeping. Then after adding Zyprexa after a few months she started being able to sleep. I wouldn't use Zyprexa if I didn't need to. Take care.
As someone that has severe anxiety, ptsd, depression, minor ocd, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, my brain does not like shutting off well at night. It is like never ending worrying, thoughts as well as night terrors from ptsd and I am currently on Geodon, anafranil, Xanax, tegretol. I have tried seriquil trazodone ambien lunesta the whole nine yards. my doctor then added zyprexa and uped my Geodon and ever since I finally sleep. not to the point of comatose either. I have two children so its important to me to be able to function as normal as possible and get sleep as anyone knows kids wear you out! try being so wore out you feel like a zombie and still can not sleep from never ending thoughts or overthinking. it is not fun and you will try anything to help you.
zyprexa worked for me with my uped dose of Geodon I wouldn't recommend it if you do not have a mental illness that keeps you from sleeping but if you do have other things mentally going on that interferes with with I would definitely recommend it! hope my story helps others!
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